You’ve been sucked in. The game is shit, but you care about the characters too much to stop playing. The Dragon Age has you.
That’s literally exaclty the problem omfg. The animation is shit and the combat is shit and the setting is feces sitting out to rot in the summer sun but here I am, still crying about elves at 3 in the morning—again.
Merrill may be all kittens and puppies and rainbows on the surface but she has a heart of fucking steel when it comes down to it——stronger than steel, actually. Because as resolute as she is in her own goals, she will also absolutely and unconditionally love people who hate her/are annoyed by her/are terrified of her.
You can hate her and tell her everything she wants to do is wrong and she will still care about you and want to see you safe and happy she is the sweetest but also her heart is capable of bearing the weight of many sorrows and that takes an incredible amount of strength and she really needs to be appreciated for it.
You can be for mages rights and *gasp* not like Anders much! Because there are other mages in the series! And the shit with the mages is experienced in many different ways.
Morrigan stayed with an obviously abusive mother and was taught by her that she would (accurately) be treated like an abomination outside the Wilds. Even if she wanted to leave Flemeth she never could. Her experiences are just as awful and valid as Anders.
I dunno like…can we talk about mages, outside of the context of Anders, just once?
Like for the LOVE OF GOD could we PLEASE see more discussion of Merrill as a Dalish blood mage and less of her being a “sweet adorable innocent baby”???
Merrill occupies such an important intersection of identities, and the fact that her entire goal is to restore even a LITTLE BIT of what the elves once had, while relying on a power that has been used to literally destroy her people, represents so much more of the power struggles happening in Thedas than Anders sole focus on hating the Templars.
Not only that, but Merrill is so focused on her history and culture that she has EVERY REASON to be bitter and angry and hateful towards not only the Chantry and the Templars, but the Tevinter Imperium as well. But she doesn’t. She just cares about finding even a little of what was stolen from her people, even if that means the only people she considers family ostracize her for it. I would argue though that her stake in mage rights is just as high, if not even higher, than Anders’ is, because she has not only her life to lose, but her entire culture and history as well.
Basically we just need to talk about Merrill more okay????
Could everyone please stop forgetting that DA is a gray against gray morality game? The Chantry is corrupt as all hell and there are a stupid amount of Mages that really DO use a shit-ton of Blood Magic and demon summoning. Neither side is total goodness and light.
DA is a game where every single choice is painful because both sides are right and both sides are wrong. And it sucks.
The idea that mages are wrong for not wanting to spend their entire lives in a prison is incredibly fucked up.
Both sides are not equal.
The mages could bring about the end of the world and I still wouldn’t think they were even comparable to the Chantry. They are literally hunted down, locked up, tortured, emotionally lobotomized, and killed just for existing as mages. Literally just for existing.If someone is doing all of that to you and people like you just for existing, then they are evil and there is no amount of reasoning with them or good behavior that will make them stop hurting you. And why wouldn’t you fight against an evil that is destroying your life and the lives of others in whatever way you could? The DA games insistence that the issues between the Chantry and the mages are grey despite all evidence to the contrary is one of the biggest weaknesses of this series.
If this is how you people view the black and white struggles of fictional characters, no wonder people in the real world suffer so much.
"The DA games insistence that the issues between the Chantry and the mages are grey despite all evidence to the contrary is one of the biggest weaknesses of this series.”
Ya’ll are talking as if that’s the only conflict that matters in the whole series though, and that there aren’t PLENTY OF OTHER IMPORTANT CONFLICTS that don’t get as much attention bc they aren’t championed by a pretty blonde boy.
shoutout to people working weekends and overnights and overtime, people working in hospitality and retail and food service, who are sacrificing time with their loved ones, so fuckers with weekday desk jobs get to live comfortably with the amenities we provide while simultaneously shitting all over us for not getting “real jobs”
I am getting MILDLY PISSED OFF that all of the ace awareness stuff and the asexual educational posts are always saying “(some) Asexuals still have sex!" with much more emphasis on the ‘have sex’ rather than the ‘some.’
What rubs me the wrong way, is not so much what is being said, but who it’s being said to. When you say this while informing someone about asexuality, it seems to be saying ‘asexuals have sex, so you can treat them like allos.’
Anyway, I’m not good with the in-depth explanation of my issues with this, so let me sum.
- Asexuals can be told that some asexuals have sex, to inform them that they are no less asexual.
- Allosexuals need to be told that some asexuals may never have sex or are uncomfortable with sex, and inform them that this makes aces no less human.
reasons you need to stop bragging about your “perfect grammar and spelling”
-it’s probably nowhere close to perfect, not even by your standards
-you sound like a fucking brat
-language evolves; or, as my favorite linguistics professor used to say, in his deep russian monotone: “language is alive”
-sherman alexie: “grammar cops are rarely good writers. imagination always disobeys.”
-like i can’t even tell you how true that is
-errors do not necessarily suggest a lack of understanding
-the belief that “perfect grammar” is a real thing rests on the assumption that there are certain ways of writing and speaking that are fundamentally incorrect…
-and ultimately, racism and classism are the primary determiners of what’s considered “correct”
-there are so many other things to take pride in—why settle for being an elitist piece of shit?
The chains are broken, but are you truly free?
One must ask, if socialism is slavery [as Hayek claims], what exactly is capitalism? What is capitalism to the billions who live on less than two dollars a day? What is capitalism millions of children who go hungry every night? What is capitalism to the single mom working three jobs just to scrape by? What is capitalism to the homeless man begging outside the Louis Vuitton store? If capitalism really is freedom, then I cannot fathom what an unholy Hell socialism must be.
But what really is socialism? Socialism is the political power of the working class and oppressed peoples concretely realized. The incredible idea that human need, potential, and progress is more important than making a profit. Socialism is the audacious demand that everyone deserves a meaningful existence not plagued by servitude and exploitation; an opportunity to realize themselves and better humanity as a whole. What an unimaginable terror socialism must be.
And there is another American profession that has a significantly more alarming problem with domestic abuse. I’d urge everyone who believes in zero tolerance for NFL employees caught beating their wives or girlfriends to direct as much attention—or ideally, even more attention—at police officers who assault their partners. Several studies have found that the romantic partners of police officers suffer domestic abuse at rates significantly higher than the general population. And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help.